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Enjoying our forests

Our forests have been closed to all hunting and recreational activities as per the Government’s directive to close all non-essential services during the Covid-19 lockdown period. However, the recent announcement (4 October) allows for some recreational activities to recommence at Alert level 3.

Under the revised Level 3 settings, our Auckland forests are open for passive recreation, subject to the Alert Level 2 conditions below.

Under Alert Level 2, access to forests is not allowed during weekdays when forestry operations are underway (6am - 4pm). After 4pm and at weekends, access is permitted for passive recreational use (walking, running, cycling and horse riding). The weekday restrictions enable us to provide a greater degree of protection to our forestry workers involved in harvesting and log transport operations working under Alert Level 3 rules, and the general public.

Stay safe and well.

Forest closure

High fire danger, adverse weather and operational requirements do require us to close our forests from time to time. When this occurs all public entry (permitted or otherwise) will be suspended. Your cooperation with these safety measures is appreciated.

General forest access rules and safety

While we want you to enjoy our forests, we also want you to be safe.  Because forests are workplaces, there is an element of risk, for all visitors.  As such we have three arrangements in place for public access.

1. Unless otherwise stated all forest entry requires a permit.

2. In some circumstances entry without permit is allowed. This will be restricted to access on foot for recreational purposes (eg: walking, running, mountain bike). This excludes all hunting.

3. For all enquiries regarding access to our forests, please submit your request via our online contact form.

General hazard advice

Forest Roads

  • Terms and conditions for forest entry and road use are provided with your permit.

  • Additional information may be provided on gate or road signs.

  • Do not block entry by parking in front of gates.

Operational Activity

  • Follow advice provided on all warning signs.

  • Never enter an active work site (i.e. harvesting operations) unless this has been pre-approved by a Rayonier Matariki Forests representative.

Poisoning Operations

  • Do not enter any area sign posted as having poison on site.

  • Never touch any pellets or paste/flour on the ground or in plant containers.

Hazardous Trees

  • Watch our for hung up trees and branches, falling objects and uprooted trees.

  • Stay out of the forest on windy days.


  • Take a means of communication in case of emergency i.e. cell phone.

  • Advise family/friends of your plans - give them a location and estimated time of return.